There is a lot of Oakland Raiders’ news to get to today, and we’ll start with Rolando McClain.
The Raiders reinstated linebacker Roland McClain from the suspended list after he was benched for two games after posting that he no longer wanted to be an Oakland Raider on Facebook and having an altercation with Dennis Allen during practice.
In 11 games this season, McClain has 60 tackles and one sack. The disgruntled linebacker was once considered to be the future of the Raiders’ defense, but saying that things have not gone as planned with the former first round pick would be an understatement.
Bartell, Schmitt Cut
Cornerback Ron Bartell and backup fullback Owen Schmitt were cut today.
Bartell signed a one-year contract with the Raiders in the off-season, and has played in six games, recording 18 tackles. He allowed 18 throws on 28 catches in his direction.
Schmitt has only carried the ball once in 13 games this season.
Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa was promoted from the practice squad. He has not played in a game this season.
In 2011, Chekwa recorded six tackles in four games.
McFadden, Seymour Return
Running back Darren McFadden and defensive tackle Richard Seymour are back at practice with the Raiders. McFadden re-injured his right ankle in the loss at home against the Chargers, while Seymour has not seen action since November 4 thanks to hamstring and knee issues.
Head coach Dennis Allen was in Texas today for his father’s funeral. Grady Allen, a former NFL player with the Atlanta Falcons, passed away last week due to heart complications.